Variable Tuition & Program Specifics
The Montessori School seeks to assure economic diversity in our classrooms and to prevent any child enrolled in the School from having to leave due to a family fiscal crisis. We recognize that families who might not expect to be eligible for “financial aid” still qualify for a tuition break. The Variable Tuition Program allows families to pay tuition that is commensurate with their financial situation. Application for variable tuition takes place annually. The Montessori School encourages racial, ethnic, religious, and economic diversity. Currently, more than 35% of the students enrolled receive a variable tuition rate.
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The Montessori School offers an A.M.I. (Montessori) education to children ages 14 months through eighth grade in the greater Fairfield County area. A non-profit organization, the school seeks a representative community of students, welcoming a diversity of race, religion, and economic background.
8:30 - Noon
Toddler Extended Day:
8:30 - 2:50
Primary Half Day:
8:30 - Noon
Primary Full Day:
8:30 - 3:00
Primary Extended 3, 4 & 5 Days/week (Nappers):
8:30 - 3:00
8:00 - 3:30
Middle School (Adolescent Program):
8:00 - 3:30
Early Morning (Primary, Elementary & Middle School):
7:30 - 8:30
Late Day (Primary, Elementary & Middle School):
3:00 - 6:00
All programs are five days, Monday through Friday.
TODDLER students begin the program at approximately 14-18 months of age. At age 2½, Toddlers generally transition into a Primary classroom.
PRIMARY students generally begin between the ages of 2½ and 3½ unless transferring from an accredited Montessori school. PRIMARY students are toilet-trained when they begin. Children age 5 and older enroll in the Full Day Program. Extended Day (Nappers) Program is available to younger children in the afternoon. The Primary Program is a progressive learning cycle which prepares the student for first grade. We believe first grade is one of the natural transition points to other educational programs and strongly encourage families to commit to the full Primary cycle.
ELEMENTARY students are 6 years of age when they begin the Elementary Program. Students complete 3-year cycles at both the Lower and Upper Elementary levels.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Adolescent Program) students are admitted to this level in 7th grade. In some cases, students may enroll in this level in 6th grade. Students complete a 2 or 3 year cycle preparing them for High School.
Fees and Payment Options
Tuition: An annual tuition rate is set for each Program. This rate varies based on the selected level and the length of the day. Families may apply for Variable Tuition and the tuition rate is then determined according to financial need.
Registration: There is an annual, non-refundable Tuition Deposit of $1,500 ($150 for families applying for Variable Tuition) payable with the contract for each student to reserve a place in the school.
Enrollment Fees: New Students Only: A one-time non-refundable Enrollment fee of $2,000 is due upon signing the contract, in addition to the Tuition Deposit.
Occasional Use of Programs: PRIMARY, ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE SCHOOL students may use the Early Morning & Late Day programs for a drop-in fee on an occasional basis when space is available: $5 for Early Morning; $36 for Late Day, or, for a portion, $22 for first hour or if using this service between the conclusion of After School programs and 6:00 pm. TODDLER students may use the Toddler Extended Day ($45) or Toddler Lunch Program ($20) for less than 5 days/week at the discretion of the Lead Teacher.
Payment options on Smart Tuition: The Montessori School uses Smart Tuition, a third party vendor, for billing tuitions and fees. Families set up their own account with their billing and payment preferences.
• Full annual payment by 7/31
• Four equal installments due 7/31, 9/30, 11/30 and 1/31
• Ten equal monthly installments due 7/31 through 4/30